Scholarships to Fight Teacher Shortages

There is a shortage of teachers in both rural and urban school districts. The Kansas Board of Regents is trying to address that shortage with a new scholarship program.

The Kansas State University College of Education has received a grant from the Kansas Board of Regents to support scholarships for online undergraduate students in urban and rural communities planning to become teachers.

Project TRUST – an acronym for Training for Rural and Urban School Teachers – is a $160,000 grant designed to help place-bound students in targeted communities earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

It will provide 30 students with 12 credit hours of tuition support for their final semester.

The program allows students to complete their degree requirements in their home communities, while addressing specific teacher needs in hard-to-fill disciplines and underserved areas.

The college first offered this online bachelor’s degree in 2017 with eight students enrolled.

Today, the number is 110.